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Fri, 07/19/2019
As of Friday, July 19th, the front page of the UCI Chemistry web site is featuring AirUCI's Anton Ni and his fellow team member Edward Jin, both of University High School, showing support for their trip to the 51st International ACS Chemistry Olympiad being held July 21-30, 2019 in Paris, France.  Read the previous News item            
Mon, 07/01/2019
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis is extensively quoted in an article in National Geographic that discusses his study, which was published in Nature, on the number of fossil fuel power plants currently built (as well as cars, factories, and buildings).  If these operate normally for their expected life spans, the CO2 generated will almost certainly exceed the 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) goal of the Paris Climate Accords.    “Our study is dead simple,” said Steve.  To limit warming to 1.5°C., not only should no new fossil-fuel-using infrastructure be built, ever...
Fri, 06/28/2019
AirUCI faculty Manabu Shiraiwa and Doug Tobias are key members of the MOCCIE working group which, along with members from several other universities here and abroad, studies indoor air pollution.  A recent paper published in Nature explains how skin oils react with ozone and other gases to produce a range of volatile and semi-volatile gases and substances, creating a "Pig Pen" effect, almost like a cloud of these substances.  AirUCI postdoc Pascale Lakey (Shiraiwa group) and our collaborator Donghyun Rim are also co-authors on this paper.   Read the article
Thu, 06/20/2019
AirUCI grad student Andrea Rohrbacher in the Finlayson-Pitts group has received a Ridge-2-Reef Fellowship sponsored by the National Science Foundation.  This program is offered at UCI to provide research training in urban ecosystems management, and Annie has been quite active over the past two years.  This fellowship will support her continued training following an environmental solutions practicum that facilitates cross-disciplinary interaction to address real-world management problems.  Congratulations, Annie!
Fri, 06/14/2019
AirUCI's Brenna Biggs, graduate student in the Blake research group, has been selected by UCI's Sustainability Resource Center to be a Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) Fellow for the 2019-20 academic year.  These paid opportunities are sponsored by the UC President’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative and the fellowships require a yearlong commitment.  Recipients work on exciting projects across a range of topics which may include zero waste, energy justice, community resilience, food security, urban gardening, community-aligned carbon offsets, and campus sustainability...
Thu, 06/13/2019
AirUCI is proud to announce that Anton Ni, who is graduating this month from University High School in Irvine, has placed among the top four competitors in the National Chemistry Olympiad which was held at the University of Maryland June 2-13, 2019.  Anton will be going on to compete in Paris at the 51st International Chemistry Olympiad to be held July 21-30, 2019.  Anton has been assisting in the Finlayson-Pitts labs over the past two summers, conducting research, compiling data, and contributing to published papers.  He will be starting university this fall at MIT.  We...
Tue, 06/04/2019
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis and his postdocs, Yue Qin and Dan Tong, are among the co-authors on an article in the journal Nature Sustainability which finds that a combination of water scarcity and inflexible demand puts the world’s largest river basins — serving a fifth of the world's population — at risk.  Climate change-driven incidents, such as droughts and heat waves, are growing in frequency, duration, and intensity and increasingly could threaten access to an essential resource for agriculture, industry, humans, and livestock, not to mention native species....
Wed, 05/22/2019
At the annual Chemistry Department Edward K.C. Lee dinner held on May 22, 2019, the following AirUCI students won awards: Vahe Baboomian, grad student, received one of the two Departmental Safety Awards. Lauren Fleming, grad student, was awarded the Edward K.C. Lee Award. The Michael Gebel Award was presented to grad students Sabrina Chee, Brenna Biggs, and Hurik Muradyan. Congratulations to all!
Mon, 05/20/2019
On May 20th, Jason Low of the South Coast Air Quality Management District was guest speaker at a Chemistry 241/MAE 260 class taught jointly by AirUCI faculty Barbara Finlayson-Pitts and Jack Brouwer.  He spoke to the students about "New Paradigms of Tackling Air Toxics" and answered questions about related topics.  Dr. Low serves as Assistant Deputy Executive Officer at South Coast AQMD and did his undergraduate and Ph.D studies at UCI in the Ralph Cicerone research group at the same time as several of our researchers.  He is shown here with Barbara and Drs. Lisa...
Wed, 05/15/2019
Congratulations to AirUCI graduate student Lauren Fleming (Nizkorodov group)!  She has been selected to participate in the 15th Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists (ACCESS XV), which will be convened July 25-28, 2019 at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, New York.  She will also attend the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) as ACCESS is convened every other year since 1991 in conjunction with the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) in Atmospheric Chemistry.  The ACCESS colloquium is exceptionally competitive... well done Lauren!